J.D. Salinger’s writing had a huge impact on me, and today’s news that J.D. Salinger has died stopped me cold.
Hi books, Franny and Zooey
, Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction, and, of course, The Catcher in the Rye, were so fantastic to read – think I’ll revisit them this year.
After being mind-blown by Catcher, I went on to F&Z; and then the 2 novellas (“…Carpenter/Seymore:…”).
You can feel Salinger’s writing getting more introspective, philosophical, and even cryptic as he writes each successive book — more and more like a zen koan. Then the final silence he retired into…
I remember reading years ago that he still writes; it would be amazing if his will bequeaths those writings to the world.
But if he doesn’t release those supposed unpublished works — I think I get that too (nice one, Salinger)
I believe Salinger, even with regards to his own death, understood and liked endings – he choose when to make his writing-ending, so I doubt we’ll see anymore…
So I’ll just say thanks Mr. Salinger, for the the undying spirit of your works: thanks for the light, the insight, your inward gaze, and the inspiration when I needed it very badly.